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Turnector: Tangible control widgets for capacitive touchscreen devices

Rutter, Edward Kingsley; Nash, Chris; Mitchell, Thomas J.


Edward Kingsley Rutter

Chris Nash
Senior Lecturer in Music Tech - Software Development

Tom Mitchell
Associate Professor in Creative Technologies


This paper details the development of Turnector, a control system based upon tangible widgets that are manipulated on the touchscreen of a capacitive touch device. Turnector widgets are modelled on rotary faders and aim to connect the user to parameters in their audio software in a manner analogous to the one-to-one control mapping utilised in analogue studio equipment. The system aims to streamline workflow and facilitate hands-on experimentation through a simple and unobtrusive interface. The physical widgets provide the users with the freedom to glance away from the touchscreen surface whilst maintaining precise control of multiple parameters simultaneously.
Related work in this area, including interaction design and TUIs in the context of musical control, is first discussed before setting out the design specification and manufacturing process of the Turnector widgets. A number of unique methods for widget detection, tracking are presented before closing the paper with initial findings and conclusive remarks.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Sep 14, 2014
Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 785-789
APA6 Citation Rutter, E. K., Nash, C., & Mitchell, T. J. (2014, September). Turnector: Tangible control widgets for capacitive touchscreen devices. Paper presented at The 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) joint with the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC)
Keywords music Technology, NIME, tangible interfaces, MIDI control
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Proceedings of the 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) and the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC)


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